First off, before I get too far into this: be sure to check out the blog post that I wrote for Seats For Three the other day on Baby Led Weaning! If you are interested in reading it click HERE.
And THANK YOU ALL so much for your kind words, prayers, and encouragement!
It seems that every time my aunt and I get a chance to talk, I start out with, “this is my life.” You see, there is hardly anything that ever happens in my life that is NOT crazy. Naturally, with three young children, my home and life are bound to be chaotic. But this is totally different. So much so that if you didn’t know me, you would think I was making everything up.
Now, as I told y’all a few weeks ago, I FINALLY found a doctor who was willing to help me with my kidney problems. After viewing my CT scans, they determined that surgery was indeed necessary, so we began to make preparations. Being that I had been dealing with the same kidney stone for almost a year, my doctors believed that surgery was my only real option.
The week after my appointment I began experiencing the symptoms of a UTI. My friend and I created a regimen for me to try to knock out the infection. After about three days of introducing this regimen to my body, I felt an immense relief! The pain was gone! There was one incident that I believe led up to what was found yesterday during my surgery, but we can discuss that later.
Yesterday morning, Derek and I got up, took Norah to her grandmother’s (Lana and Ace spent the night), and proceeded to the outpatient surgery center. I started to get really nervous as I was checking in, but it was too late to bail out now. We sat out in the lobby for a bit until the nurse came to get me. I was prepped with a gown and IV for the procedure, and everything was going as planned.
Some time later, the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me about what types of anesthesia and pain medication she would be using.
We finished discussing the options and rolled to the operating room. The last thing I remember was talking to the nurse about how awesomeeee four year olds can be. (<—just a tad bit of sarcasm if you didn’t pick up on it)
I was scheduled for a cystoscopy, with laser abrasion and a stent insertion. According to the CT Scans at the hospital, I had one large 9 mm stone blocking one side, and at least 20 other stones between both kidneys, ureters, and my bladder. The stent was to be used as a guard and support for my eroded ureter.
After the surgery, I woke up in the recovery room. I could hear the nurses at the nurse station whispering that “the stone was MIA”. I just knew they had to be talking about another patient because my stone wasn’t going anywhere on its own!
Minutes later my nurse walks around the corner and tells me that they could not find a S I N G L E stone ANYWHERE!!!!!
Not only that, but the stent was not placed because it appeared that the stone had passed approximately two weeks prior to the surgery and my ureter was almost fully healed. The doctor actually said it was “a little red and angry”, but nothing to worry about.
Imagine the amount of confusion that my brain was trying to sort through. Not only was I loopy from the medicine, but then they tell me that I basically had surgery for NO reason.
My doctor told me that there was no way possible that I could have passed a stone that size and it NOT cause me any pain. He even joked that it was large enough to put it on a ring and have an… interesting jewelry piece.
Once I got home and was able to rest and clear my head for a bit, I started trying to pinpoint when I may have passed the stone. The week that I used natural remedies for a UTI, I was drinking A LOT. The plan we formed involved different liquids to flush my urinary tract, help with inflammation, and get rid of infection. Because of that I had to pee almost constantly. One time, while using the restroom my urine abruptly stopped, but I knew I wasn’t done. I bore down like I was birthing a child and there was a loud pop.
My first thought, of course, was that I had passed the stone. The only issue was that I didn’t see a stone anywhere! So I just chalked it up to my body is ridiculously abnormal in most aspects.
Long Story Short
Essentially, I had surgery for no reason. I am in more pain than I was when I went in and am practically useless for the week.
I guess this is just God’s way of giving me a break! LOL!
What’s your craziest surgery/health story?
If you’d like to try any of the natural remedies we came up with to clear out my bladder infection (and apparently kidney stones), click HERE!
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